Dennis's Chili

1lbground beef
1tablespoonBacon Drippings (keep the bacon!)
1largeonion, chopped
1teaspoonground garlic (I like about 4 or 5 cloves)
1/4teaspoonground oregano
1 1/2ozchili powder
3 1/2tablespoonscrushed cumin (more if to your taste)
1can (15 1/2 oz)whole tomatoes, chopped
1canchili beans (optional)
1can (6 oz)tomato paste (or catsup)
..salt to taste
..chopped onions
..shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

Combine meat, onion, garlic, and salt in heavy pan and brown in bacon grease until onions are tender. Add tomatoes and then all the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for at least 1 hour. Add water for the right consistency. Allow to cool (overnight is best) and reheat prior to serving. (You can add a can of chili beans to this recipe, if you desire.)

Serve in a pot so guests can help themselves. Have bowls of fresh chopped onions and shredded cheese (Cheddar or Monterey Jack) alonside the pot to sprinkle on top of the chili and dig in!!!

Everywhere I serve this, people start out saying that they are not crazy about chili, but the pot is always empty by the end of the dinner!! You can alter the seasonings to your liking once you make the basic recipe. Hope you like it!

Copyright © 2002, Dennis Majerski